Building Responsive Investments in Data for Gender Equality (BRIDGE) Tool

Topic: Sustainable Development Goals
Type: Manual Toolkit
Author: data, Open Data Watch Date: July 2023

Data2X and Open Data Watch have developed the Building Responsive Investments in Data for Gender Equality (BRIDGE) tool for countries to assess the maturity of their gender data systems and articulate their priorities for investing in and strengthening them. The BRIDGE tool is intended to be used by gender data focal points in national statistical offices (NSOs) of low- and middle- income countries and by their partners within national statistical systems (NSSs) to determine and communicate their gender data priorities to domestic sources of financing and to international donors.

The BRIDGE tool supports gender data stakeholders to understand the current maturity level of their gender data system, diagnose strengths and weaknesses, and identify priority areas for improvement. The results will serve as an input to any roadmap or action plan developed in collaboration with key stakeholders within the NSS.

The assessment is based on the ‘A Gender Data System Maturity Model‘ developed by Data2X and Open Data Watch. The maturity model conceptualizes gender data production and use along five dimensions and with increasing levels of maturity (see the figure to the right). Below, you’ll find links to our ‘A Gender Data System Maturity Model’ work (a detailed paper and a summary brief), our BRIDGE how-to guide, assessment questionnaire, scoring form, and methodology to form an overall assessment of system maturity and provide insight into potential action plans to strengthen gender data systems.

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